AMD has introduced a high-end graphics card that combines two processor chips into a single card. This latest graphics card has the processing power to top a teraflop, or the equivalent of a trillion mathematical calculations per second.
The ATI Radeon 3870 X2 graphics card combines two chips from its predecessor, ATI Radeon 3870, on one board, doubling its performance, said Patrick Moorhead, vice president of advanced marketing at AMD. The ATI Radeon 3870 had one chip on the card.
The X2 will not be catered merely for high-performance graphics products though. According to AMD, the graphics-processing core will be adapted for notebook platforms, which are expected to be out in the second half of 2009.
The card is DirectX 10.1 compatible and comes with 1 GB of DDR3 on board. It is not clear how hard it will be to harness the processing power for other purposes, such as building your own supercomputer on the cheap.
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